Monthly Archives: July 2018

Runaway – July 4, 1964



Sam leaps into Butchie Rickett, a 13-year-old kid on a cross country vacation with his family – Dad Hank, mother Emma and sister, Alexander. Al says Emma is going to disappear on the night of the 4th, never to be seen or heard from again. It is assumed she will abandon the family after running into an old high school friend, and a huge fight with her husband, Hank. But is there more to the story than that? While trying to figure it out, Sam has to endure mistreatment and torture from “his” older sister.

Sam Fain and Dennis are joined by Dennis’ wife, Betsy, to discuss the episode.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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PREVIEW EPISODE: Dad to the Future



Bonus episode this week! This is a preview episode of Dad to the Future, Dennis’ new podcast about fatherhood and marriage, through the lens of time travel nerdery. In the episode, Dennis has a conversation with Fate’s Wide Wheel co-host Sam Fain, who was just five days into fatherhood at time of the recording.

Sam and Dennis swap birth stories, early days of fatherhood, and sleepless nights.

Dad to the Future will debut in mid to late-August. To learn more, and subscribe in advance, visit the website, Dad to the Future, and also follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


A Little Miracle – December 24, 1962



It’s Christmas in July. God bless us, everyone!

Sam leaps in Reginald Pierson, the personal valet of Michael Blake, a Scrooge-like New York City businessman. As Pierson, Sam must save Blake’s soul, and gets a little help from Al, who – thanks to a glitch in how similar Sam’s and Blake’s brainwaves are (read: convenient plot device!) – gets to make an appearance as the Ghost of Christmas Future.

Sam Fain and Dennis discuss what may be well Sam Beckett’s most awkward leap in ever, unfortunately timely jokes about Russia, and their own favorite Christmas memories.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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Rebel Without a Clue – September 1, 1958



Sam leaps into Shane “Funny Bone” Thomas, a biker in a motorcycle gang. As Shane, Sam must prevent the death of Becky, the girlfriend of the lead biker of the gang.

Content warning: Given some of the events of the episode, we discuss sexual assault and rape, and how that conversation changed in the light of the “Me Too” movement.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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The Great Spontini – May 9, 1974



Sam leaps into Harry Spontini, a small-time magician with big dreams. Harry’s estranged wife, Maggie, returns with her new fiancé, and it turns out she wants custody of their daughter, Jamie. Sam must find a way to keep father and daughter together.

Sam and Dennis discuss the episode, talk way too much about the short-lived Bill Bixby series, The Magician, and Dennis knows way way too much about the Halloween franchise.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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Black on White on Fire – August 11, 1965



We often talk on this show about Quantum Leap episodes that haven’t aged well, especially with our more socially-conscious 2018 sensibilities. Here’s one that is – all too unfortunately – very timely. It almost feels like it could have been written today.

Sam leaps into Ray Harper, a young black medical student living in Watts, Los Angeles on August 11, 1965 – the day the Watts Riots begin. As Ray, Sam must help provide medical care to Watts citizens affected by the riots while trying to keep his white fiancé, Kim, safe. He also has to deal with Ray’s militant brother, Lonnie, who wants Ray to abandon his plans of leaving Watts with Kim for a medical internship in Boston, stay in Watts and help his own people.

L.A. actor, LaMont Anthony Hendrix joins us to discuss the episode – his first episode of QL ever.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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